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* March 2011 see's the Launch of the Greater Manchester Biodiversity/Geodiversity Action Plan for Quarries

The Greater Manchester Biodiversity Project commissioned the Greater Manchester Ecology Unit (GMEU) and the Greater Manchester Geology Unit (GMGU) to undertake ecological and geological surveys on eleven disused quarry sites within Greater Manchester.  The work was funded via Natural England by the Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund, a Central Government fund which derives from aggregate taxation.   

The main outcomes from the Project were -   

The first systematic survey of the Geological Value of quarry sites ever undertaken in Greater Manchester to Regionally Important Geological Sites (RIGS) standards. This has provided an important representative evidence base to support the future protection and management of geological features on aggregate quarry sites in Greater Manchester. The methodologies established during the project can be applied in future surveys.

Proposals for two new RIG Sites in Greater Manchester.

The first ever systematic surveys of the Biodiversity Value of Quarry sites in Greater Manchester. This has provided an important evidence base to demonstrate the importance of quarry sites for the conservation of Biodiversity Priority Species and Habitats, an evidence base that can be used to support the future protection and management of important wildlife features on aggregate quarry sites in Greater Manchester

Publication of the first ever feature-specific Geodiversity Action Plan for Greater Manchester, complementing the imminent publication of the wider Greater Manchester LGAP

The first time that a combined Geodiversity and Biodiversity Action Plan has been prepared in Greater Manchester.

Closer partnership working between geologists and ecologists across Greater Manchester

 The Action Plan along with the Best Practice Guidance is now available from the link on the gmbp home page.

 * Making Space for Nature report - now available

An independent review of England’s wildlife sites and ecological network was launched in September 2009. The review has considered whether England’s collection of wildlife areas (both the legally protected areas and others) represents a coherent and robust ecological network that will be capable of responding to the challenges of climate change and other pressures. The review was chaired by Professor Sir John Lawton who was supported by a panel of 14 members.

To view the report click here: www.defra.gov.uk/environment/biodiversity/documents/201009space-for-nature.pdf

 *NEW Mammal Group for Lancashire & Greater Manchester

Lucy Lush (Biodiversity Manager for Greater Manchester) and Dr Tim Graham (Biodiversity Manager for Lancashire) have initiated the setting up of a mammal group that will cover both areas to help increase our knowledge of mammals in Greater Manchester and Lancashire, and increase record collection.

The first meeting on the 20th September, held in Bolton, received a good turnout and sparked lots of enthusiasm to get the group up and running. Tony Parker (County Recorder for Mammals) was there to provide some background into the Cheshire Mammal Group and advice on setting up such a group.

If you are interested in being involved at any level, from surveying, to helping to organise events to running the group then please get in touch.

*The Big Nature Debate

The Natural History Museum, working with several IYB-UK partners launched the Big Nature Debate on Monday, a primarily Social Media campaign to help draw attention to the importance of the outcomes of the CBD COP10 which is now only weeks away.  Join in the debate and take this opportunity to discuss biodiversity in the run up to the global biodiversity conference in Nagoya, Japan, at the end of October.


*Greater Manchester Local Record Centre Website goes live!!

The local record centre for Greater Manchester now has it's own website where you can find out more about the wildlife within Greater Manchester, and also submit any records, which will help inform conservation projects, including those that the Biodiversity Project are involved with.

To view the website go to: www.gmwildlife.org.uk

*Natural Environment White Paper

The public consultation on the Natural Environment White paper is now underway, have your say in shaping the development of the White Paper. 

Click here for more information: http://ww2.defra.gov.uk/our-responsibilities/nat-environment/


*DEFRA News Release - Farmland Birds in England


* Download the UK Biodiversity Indicators Summary 2010 


New Issue of the Biodiversity Newsletter!

The Spring/Summer 2010 issue is now available to download from the 'Greater Manchester Biodiversity Newsletter' page. 

See Events to view the Greater Manchester IYB Events Calendar 

* DEFRA have approved the release of the psyllid, Aphalara itadori to stop the spread of Japanese Knotweed. 

See Press Release:


* Lost life: England's lost and threatened species

Produced to coincide with the International Year of Biodiversity, the Lost life report identifies nearly 500 animals and plants that have become extinct in England – practically all within the last two centuries. It also highlights how habitat loss, inappropriate management, environmental pollution and pressure from non-native species have all played a part in the erosion of England’s biodiversity.

See PDF for full report:


*Natural Economy Northwest programme has come to an end after three highly productive years

There are a number of useful biodiversity-related products on their website including:

 - A practical review of roof greening in central Manchester by the Greater Manchester Biodiversity Project (Can be found under the Biodiversity & Socio-Economics heading).

- A guidance report for project managers on How to Deliver, Measure and Demonstrate the Economic Contribution of the Natural Environment at a Project Level.  (This can be found at the same link under the Green Infrastructure heading)



 * International Year of Biodiversity are asking you to make a pledge for biodiversity.

2010 is the International Year of Biodiversity and we’d like everyone to do one simple thing to preserve life on earth. With your help, it is easier than it sounds. 

1) Make your New Year resolution for 2010 to do something to support biodiversity.

2) Choose a simple, fun pledge from the list on the International Year of Biodiversity UK website http://www.biodiversityislife.net/?q=do-one-thing

3) On 1 January 2010 - or as soon as you can in 2010 - let people know what you’re doing: Tweet, email, Facebook or blog your pledge to inspire others to do something similar. Please include the link to www.biodiversityislife.net/?q=do-one-thing in your communication.



* New name for water vole, mink & bank vole

Water vole has changed from Arvicola terrestris to A. amphibius

American Mink has also changed from Mustela vison to Neovision vison

Myodes glareolus replaces Clethrionomys glareolus (bank vole)